In keeping with the rural character of the hamlets and villages of the Town of Southampton, the mission of the Southampton Housing Authority is to develop affordable mixed-income housing opportunities.




Once the Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA) approves an eligible family's lease and housing unit, the family and the landlord sign a lease and, at the same time, the landlord and the TSHA sign a housing assistance contract which runs for the same term as a the lease.  This means that everyone - tenant, landlord and the TSHA - has obligations and responsibilities within the voucher program.

Role of the TENANT

When a family selects a housing unit, and the Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA) approves the unit and lease, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year.  The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord.  After the first year, the landlord may initiate a new lease or allow the family to remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease.  When the family is settled in a new home, the family is expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the TSHA of any changes in income or family composition.

REMEMBER – It is your responsibility to inform the Southampton Housing Authority of changes in address, family composition or preferences. If the Housing Authority is not able to reach you by mail, it may result in your name being dropped from the mailing list.  Print  this CHANGE FORM to advise of any new/different information and mail to our office at Southampton Housing Authority, PO Box 799, Hampton Bays, NY  11946.


Role of the LANDLORD

The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent.  The dwelling unit must pass the program's housing standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the TSHA.



The TSHA administers the voucher program for locally.  The TSHA provides a family with the rental assistance that enables the family to seek out suitable housing and the TSHA enters into a contract with the landlord to provide rental assistance payments on behalf of the family.  If the landlord fails to meet his/her obligations under the lease, the TSHA has the right to terminate assistance payments.



Role of HUD

To cover the cost of the program, HUD provides funds that allow TSHA to make housing assistance payments on behalf of the families. HUD also pays the TSHA a fee for the costs of administering the program.  When additional funds become available to assist new families, HUD will invite Housing Authorities to submit applications for funds for additional rental vouchers.  Applications are then reviewed and funds awarded to the selected Housing Authorities on a competitive basis.